Plan of Conservation and Development
What is a POCD?
Town of Vernon Planning and Zoning Commission, with assistance from the planning consulting firm of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (MMI), is preparing an update to the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, or POCD. The POCD is a guidance document that will provide a long-term vision for the Town and guide decision making relating to growth, development, and conservation over the next ten years. The State of Connecticut requires municipalities to update their POCD every ten years.
As a comprehensive plan, the POCD will look at a range of topics that will influence Vernon over the coming decade, including demographics, housing, land use, community facilities, infrastructure, economic development, open space, recreation, transportation, and sustainability. While it is important to understand data and trends, it is equally important to understand the priorities of the community. There are several ways for the public to get involved throughout the process, including public workshops and community surveys.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: How can I participate?
A: Follow and share Vernon’s social media for posted updates. Invite your Vernon friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and others to visit the website and to stay connected to this process.
Q: What sort of information may the Commission consider in updating the Plan?
A: Connecticut General Statutes, Section 8-23, provides that the Commission may accept information from any source or solicit input from any organization or individual in updating the Plan.
Q: What are the statutory requirements for the Plan?
A: Connecticut General Statutes, Section 8-23, outlines the requirements for the Plan.
There are several ways for you to get involved:
Attend a Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
The public is invited to attend regularly scheduled and special meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission. For a list of meeting dates, please review the Draft POCD Schedule.
Attend a Public Workshops & Surveys
Public workshops will be held several times throughout the planning process in order to give residents, business owners, and other interested parties a chance to provide input on the overall vision, goals, objectives, and recommendations of the Plan. Due to COVID all meetings and surveys will be online.